Episode 329: The Biggest Bluff with Maria Konnikova


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Professional poker player and best-selling author Maria Konnikova returns to the show to discuss focus, multitasking, the progress of her career, and her new book The Biggest Bluff. Maria’s first appearance on Episode 247 is one of our all-time favorite shows!

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0:30 – Strategy
28:27 – Maria Konnikova


Ignition – $0.10 NL (6 max) – Holdem – 6 players
Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com
Hero (BTN): 111.3 BB
SB: 105.8 BB
BB: 100 BB
UTG: 80.6 BB.
MP: 160.9 BB
CO: 118.4 BB
SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB. Pre Flop: (pot: 1.5 BB) Hero has Kh Qh
UTG raises to 3 BB, fold, fold, Hero calls 3 BB, fold, fold
Flop : (7.5 BB, 2 players) Ac 2h 2c
UTG bets 5.4 BB, Hero calls 5.4 BB
Turn : (18.3 BB, 2 players) 7c
UTG checks, Hero bets 13.1 BB, UTG calls 13.1 BB
River : (44.5 BB, 2 players) 7s
UTG checks, Hero checks


Maria Konnikova is a poker player, a contributing writer for the New Yorker, and the author of The Confidence Game, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, and the new The Biggest Bluff.

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